I am a 41 year old healthy female, except for my back. I suffered a back injury at work in june2011, I have undergone steroid injections to no relief. Last Oct underwent discectomy/laminectomy of L5-S1. No relief at all. I was told the only way to get relief of Left butt, leg, foot pain/numbness and to relieve back pain was a fusion with bone graft from my pelvis. I am currently 4 weeks post-op and have severe Left buttock and hip pain, it feels like it is burning and even the skin is quite sensitive. I have pain in my back too, but I expect that. Pre-op I was told of the back pain, but not the butt, hip pain. I move slowly from bed to recliner and back again. I am taking percocet every 4 hrs along with either a flexoril or valium. So much pain! Has anyone else experienced this post-op? How long should this pain last? Beginning to wonder why I did this to myself!
Ellie, similar procedure except from L3 to S1. They explained to me that 6 months to a year. I know it's a long time, but patients. If you start therapy, let them know if you can't do something. I made the mistake of trying to do it because I never quit. I ruptured my repair and had to go back under with 3 disks and cord damage. I'm no doctor, but 3 spine injuries in 10 yrs. express your frustration and situation to your Primary Care Physician too. I always go to mine after the specialist or surg. She has known me for 12 yrs compared to the specialist for only a couple weeks.
Sorry, new to site, I'm sorry for all you've gone through, however reassuring to know reality is 6-12 months rather than 4-6 weeks they originally told me. If I stand or walk or even sit in my kitchen chair any longer than 20 minutes, I am in agony. I can only sit comfortably in a recliner. Even getting into bed and sleeping is uncomfortable. Thanks for your reply! I hope you feel better! Good advice
I spend more time sleeping in recliner than my bed. I underwent a C2-3-4-5 fusion in 05 which brought control back to my right arm, hand and left hand as i lost these motor functions shortly b4 the procedure. 6 Months later underwent another fusion in the lower lumbar region, L1-5, Total DISASTER, took 2 years to be able to walk again somewhat normally.The whole combo of these procedures left me in agony to this day. Although i ran the whole spectrum of pain meds which resulted in a dependency on Methadone, which is #1 on the pain relief, and lets you function as normally as one can w/o the High of other pain meds. I was left with 3 options, 1 continue on methadone with gradual increased dosage as tolerance lessens. 2 install a morphine pump,which is a terrible option as it needs constant monitoring and a very invasive surgery. 3 Install a spinal cord stimulator, which also needs constant attention and a very, very invasive surgery to install as they needto pull wires through your spine. Wonderful options to say the least . Today i suffer in constant pain USING ONLY Lortab#10 for some relief but truthfully, my quality of life just *****. I wish i could tell you something good, but really can't. The only thing i can say is if you can....stay away from the neurosurgery if at all possible, for what it may fix, you lose in other way's. A nice comfortable recliner is my safe haven. skinner248
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.